Universal acclaim - based on 39 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 34 out of 39
  2. Negative: 0 out of 39
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  1. Apr 11, 2011
    In many ways, the album feels like a working holiday for the band; even if it's not as explosive as some of their previous work, it shows that they can age gracefully and try new things at the same time.
  2. Apr 11, 2011
    Even with these toe-dips in fuzzier, darker grooves, there's still a sanguine blanket that covers Nine Types of Light -- and, astonishingly, it doesn't come off as a wallow in overdone pathos.
  3. Apr 12, 2011
    Nine Types of Light is unquestionably TV on the Radio's most patient, positive recording to date, taking its cues as much from Dear Science's serene ballads as its brassy workouts.
  4. Uncut
    Apr 12, 2011
    Nine Types Of Light suggest they're settling in nicely. [May 2011, p.78]
  5. Q Magazine
    May 18, 2011
    Nine Types of Lights finds them boldly going forward with their most cheerful, party-centric effort to date. [May 2011, p.123]
  6. Mojo
    May 3, 2011
    Follow-up to 2008's widely acclaimed Dear Science recorded at guitarist David Sitek's home. [June 2011, p. 92]
  7. Apr 12, 2011
    Well, the end of all things must've been pretty bitchin', because the follow-up is pure heaven.
  8. Apr 12, 2011
    Nine Types of Light feels like the work of a band more than content to make a good album - a really, very, very good album, yes - but only because they can't be bothered to make a great one.
  9. Apr 18, 2011
    It's with Nine Types that they've taken their longest step toward highlighting the influence of Bowie's late '70s/early '80s work and weaving it into a current context.
  10. Apr 7, 2011
    Nine Types of Light is a relatively relaxed affair with a focus on the simple love song.
  11. Nine Types...will make those who over-contextualise TVOTR finally quit their chin-stroking and live a little.
  12. Apr 11, 2011
    Nine Types Of Light is another strong early contender for album of the year.
  13. Apr 12, 2011
    Finding the beauty and the beat in unpredictable chaos-keeping the heart when the world falls apart-has always been TV On The Radio's specialty, and here, it sounds completely effortless.
  14. Apr 8, 2011
    mostly Nine Types of Light feels like the liquefying of a band, ten years and four albums deep, into the soft tenderness of pre-middle-age satisfaction. Like, maybe family life sounds pretty good right about now--and it fits them well.
  15. 80
    You believe that the band feels this good, and given their creative freedom, escalating success, and near flawless discography, they probably do.
  16. 83
    Light shines brightest when it mellows.
  17. Apr 11, 2011
    They've been freaks; they've been lover-boys. Now they're spaced-out romantics.
  18. Apr 12, 2011
    Nine Types of Light has the same basic sonic patina, but TV on the Radio still have cards left to play.
  19. Apr 11, 2011
    Nine Types of Light may fall somewhat short in comparison with TV on the Radio's other albums, but it's a strong, smart effort from a band that continues to push resolutely forward.
  20. Apr 19, 2011
    Whether you will enjoy this ultimately depends on whether you're more of a rocker or a dancer - indeed, some people much preferred the mellower sound of their last record - but there's little denying that this album misses a lot of the urgency and sheer emotional energy of the band's first two LPs.
  21. Apr 11, 2011
    Maybe it's time to alter our exercitations for new TV on the Radio albums: We might not be blown away, but TV on the Radio's sonic environment is still one of the most interesting venues in music.
  22. May 19, 2011
    Ultimately, Nine Types of Light offers a reminder that love's sometimes best at the bitter end.
  23. Apr 14, 2011
    Nine Types of Light proves how hard this quintet can hit, experimental New Yorkers or love-sick idiots.
  24. Apr 12, 2011
    Be it progression or passion for art, it is the key unifying force behind TV On The Radio, and it's not here.
  25. Apr 15, 2011
    Nine Types Of Light is an album that manages to blend experimentation with a welcoming accessibility that proves pop music can still be bold this far down the line.
  26. Apr 13, 2011
    Any TVOTR fans hoping for a return to the band's heavier early days might have trouble with Nine Types of Light, an album full of such a brilliant clarity that the title could be referencing its track listing.
  27. Nine Types of Light sounds familiar, but it's a good familiar.
  28. Apr 15, 2011
    Once again, TVOTR channels something unique and forward-thinking.
  29. Light, more than anything I've heard lately, sounds complete and self-contained, and like most of the TV on the Radio catalog, it largely transcends genre. No other context is necessary. Nine Types of Light simply is what it is.
  30. Apr 15, 2011
    TV On The Radio has become less animalistic, less apocalyptic, less conflicted -- and more loving, more comfortable, more soulful.
  31. 80
    The new songs shimmer with languid, sun-kissed grooves, anthemic choruses that U2 would kill for, along with a fine line in tender romance.
  32. Apr 8, 2011
    Though this is TV on the Radio at its most melodic and accessible, the music never succumbs to formula.
  33. Beautiful, especially if you like your beauty grand. And beauty is good.
  34. May 6, 2011
    Nine Types of Light is a damn good place for those of us as yet unfamiliar with TV on the Radio to start investigating one of the most adventurous bands around today. And I can guarantee that if you start here, you won't stop.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 75 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 65 out of 75
  2. Negative: 4 out of 75
  1. Apr 21, 2011
    Nine Types of Light is easily TV on the Radio's most accessible album to date. The album is less congested with experimental sounds and isNine Types of Light is easily TV on the Radio's most accessible album to date. The album is less congested with experimental sounds and is much more cohesive than say 'Return to Cookie Mountain'. The level of quality has not dropped but the sound has definitely progressed since 'Dear Science'. The funk pop is still very strong in this album, with the inclusion of more love songs, which seems to be the base theme for NToL. The only amendment I would personally make to the album is to include the song 'Troubles' which is available only on the deluxe version to be included in the regular tracklist. If you're looking for powerful lyrics, sharply crafted songs and possibly even something to vibe to, I highly recommend Nine Types of Light. My personal favorite Album from 2011 thus far. Full Review »
  2. Apr 14, 2011
    TV On The Radio simply just doesn't fail. Nine Types Of Light is almost as brilliant as Dear Science. Every track is brilliant and has amazingTV On The Radio simply just doesn't fail. Nine Types Of Light is almost as brilliant as Dear Science. Every track is brilliant and has amazing elements and layers of music that sounds so good. They always seem to change there style and with this album, they have more calm and patient songs than any other album they've come out with. "Will Do" is the stand out track. All In All, TV On The Radio has crafted there most calm album and also there second best record, in my opinion. A Full Review »
  3. Jun 22, 2011
    For better or worse "Nine Types Of Light" marks a significant step away from the bold experimentation of previous releases in favour of moreFor better or worse "Nine Types Of Light" marks a significant step away from the bold experimentation of previous releases in favour of more rounded song structures, conventional rhythms and clearer melodies. It is still unmistakeably TV On The Radio, and there is still a unique level of creativity given to each song, but overall the album leans more towards mainstream than any preceding recording. Never before has the influence of Prince been more apparent as Tunde Adebimpe delivers his soulful mix of baritone and falsetto whilst the band maintain the supportive grooves which range vastly in tempo throughout the whole experience.Of the down tempo numbers "Killer Crane" superbly transports the listener to the late 60s world of wilfully spaced out invention, with a sitar and mellotron for added authenticity. When the rhythms and noise ratchet up a notch, "Repetition" and "Caffeine Consciousness" highlight the band's continued ability to create alternative music with addictively stomping beats. The sad loss of bass player Gerard Smith to lung cancer just days after release casts a sombre shadow over this and past projects, emphasising his vital input to some of the irresistible songs the band have delivered over the last decade.

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